Then working on getting the tour for Fest lined up, and Iâve been doing this nonstop. We were supposed to do it in the fall. : I’m sort of sitting back and watching what I think other artists are doing. I donât like being sold things; I donât think people like being sold things. I’m going to switch gears a little bit and ask you about actively making your shows a more inclusive space, which I think is awesome, especially for people who don’t identify as cis-dudes. Since this album is so personal, and it does deal with these really dark images and themes, is it weird to have the recognition youâre receiving, that kids are singing along to things that could have essentially wrecked you? I wouldnât have asked for anything differently. CH: I’m sort of sitting back and watching what I think other artists are doing. Stub This article has been rated as Stub-Class on the project's quality scale. CH: I heard a friend recently talking about this other artist, and she was just like, “ I like their stuff but it’s mostly songs about girls. So, even finding a way to navigate having power over your life without adopting the gender performance of hyper-masculinity. But when you’re in a relationship or a pairing with somebody in some sense, maybe you think that it is going to last forever, whether it’s a friendship or a relationship. Gender violence and other forms, racism, and all the isms, if you have the power taken out of your hands - well, Iâm an anarchist. And when youâre in high school and an anarchist, it becomes "oh youâre a young kid, what do you know." Youâve also self-professed to this, how did you get there? CH: Good question. So when I started working at this camp and the woman this camp, Grace Lou Ellen, (she’s like another maternal figure), also had this same book that she would open up before every meeting and read something from. I’ve been sleeping with a sweatshirt on, I don’t know why. This is great, it makes me hate school and I canât take school seriously, no matter what it is. Hyper-masculinity and the like? Their 2014 full-length, Home, Like NoPlace Is There, was highly regarded as being one of the best albums of the year (and rightly so), catapulting the Massachusetts group’s emotive brand of punk rock into the spotlight in all… You know the drill, read the full, winding and turning interview underneath Read More. So if you have a government or people with money that then have power because you live under a system where your money equals power over other peopleâs lives, then you look for these other ways to enact and gain power a domination over another person. Then it doesn’t last forever in the way you think it does. CH: But some people don’t have a literary background, don’t have that knowledge, or was never in a class that taught that, or never had a mind that picks it up. Maybe poems could be different. We were supposed to do it in the fall. more than any other Hotelier record, is a story. It was the perfect smaller label with great bands. Oh it was one of the Swedish band that we were playing. INTERVIEW: The Hotelier. I made a bunch of interludes that were supposed to have spoken word, and supposed to tell a story over the whole record. You can also catch them Thursday July 14th with Told Slant, Bellows, and Loone at The Sinclair. If there’s any accurate word to describe an audience at a Hotelier show, it’s genuine. CH: Yeah and to appreciate the people next to them, appreciate that they’re all in this room together, appreciate that they’re all witnessing this. The easiest way to do that is exaggerated gender expression. They didnât want me to not go to college but I was pretty adamant about not going, so I didnât. And it works because Goodness, more than any other Hotelier record, is a story. So, part of it is jut straight-up sympathizing with people who just want to play hooky. And in the end, I thought it was funny. It demands your attention and grounds you in a way that when it’s covered up with music or if it’s shouted, I don’t think it does the same thing. At least on Home, we’re using these structures that aren’t necessarily evoking emotion, and if they are they’re doing it really subtly by a switch between a really hectic part to a really pretty chorus. ". Basically, it all came together full-force because there was this book called, , it’s purple and yellow and has some fruit on the front. There was a whole level of growth as people and as a band that we never had. I do see a lot of music that stays on the surface for whatever reason, whether the writer stays on the surface or just not willing to get there. : I think I got sort of ambitious with it on the last record. And then I thought about it more after the record came out, and playing with bands who employed spoken word in their own stuff, and about what I wanted. At the same time, we have this album and we have people that are putting money into getting it into a world where people are more likely to hear it and talk about it. The Hotelier just finished a seven-week-long tour across the United States supporting an album that'll likely be in a lot of Top Ten lists for 2014, Home, Like No Place Is There. For the last couple of years whenever there was a review or anything about the band on the Internet, weâd see it and read it because I was excited to see it. Which is cool for punk. So it just made the most sense to do it now. CH: I’ve had some bad dreams lately… Mostly because I have a fever every night. How did you decide to tour with Told Slant?
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